Astronomy 201a (Fall 2012):
Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics
- The IDL data analysis and plotting package is incredibly useful to learn. See a useful introductory guide to IDL, as well as a brief summary of its available internal fonts.
- Astronomy 16 used to distribute this concise basic guide to uncertainty analysis. (It's fine, but Bevington and Robinson is better!)
- HERE is an ASCII data table giving various numerical constants relevant to polytropes and the Lane-Emden equations as a function of polytropic index n.
- HERE is an ASCII data table giving some fundamental properties of stars and brown dwarfs along the main sequence.
Sources for model data: (1) Ekstrom for M > 0.75 solar mass stars (ZAMS, non-rotating, Z=0.014). (2) Girardi for stars between 0.15 and 0.75 solar masses (ZAMS, Z=0.02). (3) Baraffe for M < 0.11 solar mass brown dwarf and planet models (quasi-ZAMS: age = 500 Myr).
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